UPMC Pinnacle’s Critical Care Nurse Fellowship Program is designed to provide graduate nurses with a comprehensive, structured orientation to the critical care environment.
Our six-month program will support your transition into the registered nurse role by developing:
Professional development courses and workshops, which are approved for continuing education credit, are offered to promote individual growth.
Our critical care teams are comprised of professional, autonomous and highly motivated registered nurses, patient-care assistants and unit secretaries. Our teams are supported by a nurse manager, clinical manager and clinical nurse specialist and provide care for a variety of patients, including:
Our staff are involved in the decision-making process regarding system and unit operation through participation in committees, including unit-based scheduling, performance improvement, education and the Nursing Council.
UPMC Pinnacle has four critical care units, including:
Each week of the Critical Care Nurse Fellowship Program is designed to combine didactic content with precepted clinical time.
The schedule includes:
Orientation to UPMC Pinnacle and the Department of Nursing
Orientation to your department
EKG Course. The EKG workshop reviews basic dysrhythmias, 12-lead EKG interpretation, pacemakers and pharmacology.
Weeks 7-8, Core Cardiopulmonary Course:
The Core Cardiopulmonary course is for professional staff who care for high-acuity medical-surgical or critical care patients. Content includes patient assessment skills, laboratory findings interpretation and airway management principles.
Weeks 9-15, Critical Care Course:
The Critical Care course is comprised of three sections: didactic learning, knowledge application utilizing case studies/supplementary experiences and clinical integration/critical care thinking via a precepted clinical rotation. Didactic content is presented using AACN’s Internet-based Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program. The ECCO program consists of nine modules organized according to a body-systems approach. Students can earn 64 CE credits for successful completion of all nine modules.
Week 16, Advanced Critical Life Support:
Advanced Critical Life Support is a course that teaches the established best practices for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A simulation lab replicates real-life emergencies.
Dedicated precepted clinical time to further develop assessment and clinical skills.
To apply for our Critical Care Nurse Fellowship Program, you must provide:
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